- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A former Utah lieutenant governor will mediate a dispute over a new state law changing how political parties nominate candidates.

State officials announced Tuesday that Greg Bell will help lawyers for Utah and the state Republican Party see if they can settle a lawsuit over the law.

The 2014 law allows candidates for political office to bypass Utah’s caucus and convention system by instead gathering signatures and participating in primary elections.

The GOP claims it violates their constitutional right to determine how they pick their candidates.

State lawyers have asked a federal judge to rule on the lawsuit, but in the meantime, U.S. District Judge David Nuffer ordered both sides to find a mediator and see if they can settle it on their own.

Talks are expected to begin later this month or early October.

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